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WASHINGTON -- Many experts have blasted U.S. President Donald Trump's letter to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law and director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, tweeted on Tuesday that the letter to Tedros "is like a bully making a threat" and "factually it's wrong."

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LISBON -- Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Tuesday praised as "excellent" the Franco-German plan that aims to create a 500-billion-euro (546.6 billion U.S. dollars) fund to help the recovery of European countries after the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It is an excellent proposal for finding robust mechanisms for responding to the European crisis, seeking to safeguard companies, jobs and income," he told reporters on Tuesday.

According to Costa, it is necessary to finance an "effort to re-industrialize Europe that will allow an increase in strategic autonomy."

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YAOUNDE -- Cameroonian President Paul Biya on Tuesday evening expressed gratitude to Jack Ma and the Alibaba Foundation and other partners for their support in the fight against COVID-19.

"We have also had the pleasure of receiving assistance and encouragement from friendly countries, international organizations, national and foreign business leaders, as well as various personalities such as Mr Jack Ma of the Alibaba Foundation. I wish to thank them here and now on your behalf," Biya said in a televised address to the nation on the eve of the National Day.

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TEHRAN -- U.S. sanctions have hurt the Iranians over the past years, but they also led to great achievements such as self-sufficiency in many areas, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.

"Despite the harsh conditions of the country and the illegal and unjust sanctions and the severe economic pressure of the United States, production in Iran has not stopped," Rouhani was cited by the state TV as saying.

"We are witnessing great successes such as self-sufficiency in wheat and other food and agricultural products," he said. Enditem

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